YMMV / Aqua Teen Hunger Force

  • Base-Breaking Character: The entire main cast.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Occurs very frequently throughout the series, with many scenes happening for little-to-no reason other than to be bizarre, funny, or both.
  • Broken Base:
    • The post-movie seasons. Some fans didn't mind the more vulgar and violent themes of those seasons, while others felt that the show fell into Seasonal Rot because of it.
    • Similarly, the renamed seasonsnote . Did they Win Back the Crowd, or were they still part of the show's declining quality?
      • To some, the renamed seasons were actually where the rot STARTED.
      • Season 9 (Aqua Something You Know Whatever) as a whole. Out of all the renamed seasons, most fans agree that this is the weakest one. Fans found most of the episodes to either be weaknote  or just badnote . However there were a few good episodes that fans actually liked, such as "The Granite Family" or "Big Bro".
    • Many of the post-movie episodes has also divide many fans such as:
  • Crazy Awesome: Dr. Weird, with heavy emphasis on "crazy".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Good luck finding an episode that doesn't cross the line in some way.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: It has its own Page for it. Being an 11 minute show, this alone should count as one.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Subverted constantly almost every episode.
    Carl: There's something I need to say, ya know. Ever since my son was...never conceived because I never had consensual sex without money involved, I always sorta looked at you as...well, kind've a thing that I could, ya know, live next to in accordance with state law.
    Meatwad: Oh, that's sweet. You're trying to say that you love me!
    Carl: Eh eh eh, let's not get ahead of ourselves here - (puts on Super Bowl glove) WHO ARE YOU TAKIN' TO THAT FRIGGIN' SUPERBOWL!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Meatwad's solo in the Movie. Doubles as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment but damn is it awesome.
    • Also, the song "Cut You with a Linoleum Knife," also in the movie, performed by none other than Mastodon. Behold.
    "Do not crinkle your food wrappers loudly! Be considerate to others, or I will bite your torso and give you a disease!!"
    • "Meatwad get da money, see..."
    • Can't forget "Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary" from the episode of the same name - a prog-metal "alternative" to "Happy Birthday To You," performed by Zakk Wylde and a Geddy Lee sound-alike.
    • The ending theme to Patrol Squad definitely qualifies. Listen to that badass guitar!
    • It's time for Aqua TV Show Show. Aqua TV Show Show. Aqua TV Show Show... (Coincidentally the first time the characters actually sing along with the theme).
    • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever, going out on a high note. The characters even sing the entirety of the song!
  • Designated Hero: Meatwad and Frylock have fallen into this during the later seasons. "Sweet C", "Fry Legs" and especially "Bookie" comes to mind.
  • Designated Monkey: Master Shake is both a Designated Monkey and a Karma Houdini. When Shake is actively being a jerk and hurting people, he tends to get away with it. But his biggest Humiliation Congas come from his well-intentioned (for him, anyway) stupidity and/or him being an unrelated victim.
  • Ear Worm
    • "I Like Your Booty (But I'm Not Gay)," from the movie.
    • MC Pee Pants' "I Need Candy". Also counts as one in-universe, as even Carl wounded up liking it. This was, of course, the plan.
    • "Cuz we are the Aqua Teens! Make the homies say HO and the girlies wanna scream!"
    • "Party Party Party," of course!!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Mooninites, easily the most remembered and quoted villains.
    • The Plutonians, to a much lesser extent.
    • The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future!
    • Jiggle Billy, to the point where his face has reached Memetic Mutation status.
    • Handbanana.
    • Shake's Muscles, helps that John DiMaggio voiced him.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    Meatwad: I'm gonna name you Jesus...Ezekiel...Jesus. And that's from the Bible.
    • And again when everyone sees Jesus Gee whiz on the gun shop billboard. But it turned out to just be Ted Nugent.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Boston Bomb Scare in 2007: laugh out loud funny; in 2013, when bombs actually did go off during the Boston marathon, now the 2007 incident is cringe-inducing.
  • Genius Bonus: From "The Cloning": "Man, we should've cloned twenties. Jackson wouldn't have given a shit." He really wouldn't have, since he didn't believe in paper money.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Right when it was announced there were no plans to end the series, it was announced months later that its next season would be the last.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Shake, to Frylock.
    "Why don't you help me SUCK IT? (beat)...Wait a minute, that backfired."
    • Okay, but Shake and Meatwad actually make out in "The Marines".
    • A mild one, but Ignignokt and Err having an argument over the reveal that their check is acually a bill feels a tad bit Like an Old Married Couple bickering.
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Master Shake and Carl are total jerks, yet that's exactly why they're so popular with most of the fandom.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Sure, Carl's rude, obnoxious, and hygienically-challenged, but the sheer amount of shit his neighbors put him through kinda makes one feel sorry for him.
    • It's debatable but Frylock could also qualify. Though he's usually portrayed as a decent guy, he can be pretty bitter but considering that he has to put up with everybody else's stupidity all the time (especially Master Shake's), it's not hard to see why.
    • Mooninites tried to invoke it in "Moonahujana", didn't work on Frylock though.
  • Memetic Molester: Handbanana.
    "Tonight... YOU..."
    • Kinda inevitable, though, considering that he's a rapist In-Universe.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • GENTLEMEN, BEHOLD! THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF MEMETIC MUTATION, ISN'T IT, STEVE?
    • WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?!
    • There has also been popularity in photoshopping or drawing Carl's face and body into anime and cartoon characters, as evidenced here, here and here.
    • "I get it. It ain't making me laugh, but I get it."
    • "Truly, they were a (insert series title here)."
    • ARISE CHICKUN! note 
    • YOU QUESTION THE WORDS OF THE MIGHTY JIMMY?
    • MY DAD OWNS A DEALERSHIP! note 
    • You look at him and tell me there's a God note 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • MST3K Mantra: The song "Cut You Up With a Linoleum Knife" in the movie's opening states "if you don't understand, you should not be here".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: Shake's idea on how to remake "The Granite Family" actually has some backing to it. It's a common theory that The Flintstones actually takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, so Shake may have been using that logic. Of course, since this is Master Shake we're talking about, it's probably just Insane Troll Logic with a side of Did Not Think This Through.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The Movie will always be more remembered for its Viral Marketing campaign that caused the Boston Bomb Scare.
  • Rewatch Bonus: All the numerous hints at Frylock being a lesbian trapped in a man's body as a box of fries become a lot more noticeable once you've seen The Movie.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Limited Animation is so bad (at least in early seasons), that it actually manages to be one of the show's main sources of comedy.
  • Special Effects Failure: The lip-syncing in the first few episodes were pretty bad.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The "Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1" intro sequence sounds like Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law".
  • Tearjerker: "Aqua Teen Dream", a small tribute to the series written for the finale, and performed by Patti Smith.
    • In the finale itself, we have the deaths of Master Shake and Frylock
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • A forgivable example, but the bees in "Sweet C" are worker bees, and therefore, should've all been female. There go chances of seeing Carl being a Harem Seeker.
    • Another somewhat forgivable example is the Grand Finale. While good, the only characters to appear are the Aqua Teens, Carl, Carl's friend Dominic, and Meatwad's family. Who else wanted to see characters who were Put on a Bus (such as the Mooninites, the Plutonians, the Cybernetic Ghost, and Dr. Weird) come Back for the Finale? Then again, "Greatest Story" has a lot of those characters (namely, the Mooninites, Plutonians, Markula, Rabbot, Handbanana, Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past, Mothmonsterman, Zucotti Manicotti, and Romulux) as Shake's 'acolytes'.
  • Ugly Cute: Meatwad, especially when he acts like a little kid.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ever wonder what a cup, box of fries, and meatball would look like in Real Life if they each had human faces? The official poster for the film clears this up.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Shake has become this for many fans in later seasons. He is hurt much more often, many times unjustified, and suffers as much, if not even more non-canon deaths than Carl. Fans began to sympathize from him, especially in the last season where he Took a Level in Kindness (the sole exception being in "Hospice") but is still either brutally hurt or killed in every episodenote .
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: "The Greatest Story Ever Told" as its name implies is filled with religious parodies. It was released on Adult Swim's website 3 days after the show's supposed cancellation, mirroring the death and resurrection of Jesus.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Shouldn't need explaining.
  • The Woobie: Meatwad and Frylock (most of the time).

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